Associate Professor of History
Director of Graduate Studies
Wilson-Short Hall 350 – 509-335-5428
Ph.D., University of Washington, 1989
B.A., Keio University, Tokyo, Japan 1978
Academic & Professional Interests
Kawamura teaches U.S. foreign relations, U.S.-East Asian relations, and modern Japanese history.
Kawamura is author of Turbulence in the Pacific: Japanese–U.S. Relations during World War I (Praeger, 2000), and coeditor of Building New Pathways to Peace (University of Washington Press, 2011) and Toward a Peaceable Future: Redefining Peace, Security and Kyosei from a Multidisciplinary Perspective (The Thomas S. Foley Institute of Public Policy and Public Service, Washington State University Press, 2005). She has contributed several journal articles and book chapters, including "To Transnationalize War Memory for Peace and Kyosei" in Building New Pathways to Peace; "Emperor Hirohito and Japan's Decision to Go to War with the United States," Diplomatic History (January 2007); and "Wilsonian Idealism and Japanese Claims at the Paris Peace Conference," Pacific Historical Review (November 1997) which is reprinted in Arthur P. Dudden, ed., American Empire in the Pacific: From Trade to Strategic Balance, 1700-1922 (Ashgate, 2004). Kawamura is currently working on a book on Emperor Hirohito's role in the Pacific War.